Government Working Group examining local authority use of public surveillance systems

Plans to bring forward provisions that will allow waste enforcement authorities to utilise range of ‘new and emerging technologies’

Sligo News File

A mass of new surveillance technologies could be on the way, all aimed at monitoring  movements of the public.

A Working Group set up by the Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Green government has been asked to examine a range of systems for use by local authorities, including fixed position CCTV, mobile CCTV, overt vs. covert CCTV, drones over public and private lands, bodycams worn by waste enforcement personnel, dashcams in local authority vehicles, GPS tracking technologies, automatic number plate recognition and “other surveillance technologies.”

Green Minister Ryan further said his department “plans to bring forward provisions, through the Waste Management (Circular Economy) Bill that will allow waste enforcement authorities to utilize all such new and emerging technologies in an effective manner,” while  respecting the privacy rights of citizens.

In the written reply to a question from a Dail deputy, Ryan added that his department is currently awaiting legal advice from the Office of the Attorney General.